N01616 THE LAST VOYAGE OF HENRY HUDSON 1881
Canvas, 84 1/2×72 1/4 (214·5×184).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1881.
Exh: R.A., 1881 (260); Sunderland, December 1921–January 1922 (3).
Repr: Sir Edward J. Poynter, The National Gallery, III, 1900, p.27; W.H. Pollock, ‘The Hon. John Collier’ in The Art Annual, 1914, p.19.
The R.A. catalogue contained the following passage: ‘Henry Hudson, the great navigator, made his last voyage to the Polar Seas in 1610. In the summer of 1611 his crew mutinied and set him adrift in an open boat with his son, John Hudson, and some of the most infirm of the sailors. They were never heard of more.’ According to The Dictionary of National Biography Hudson and his immediate following were cast adrift from the ship Discovery on 23 June 1611, after a struggle in which four men were killed.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I
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